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Connie

US sf Comic strip, written and drawn by Frank Godwin (1889-1959) from its beginnings in 1927 until 1944, when it was terminated after several years of dwindling success. The early years of the strip, which featured throughout the madcap adventures of its eponymous flapper heroine, were relatively mundane, but by the mid-1930s Connie had become involved in Lost-Worlds tales, encounters with Mad Scientists, interplanetary missions and Time Travel. Godwin was not much admired for his writing, but ...

Fawcett, Edgar

(1847-1904) US author, known primarily for his work outside the sf field. Most of his 40 or so novels belong to the realist school associated with his contemporary William Dean Howells, but (like Howells) Fawcett also wrote fantastic works. He provided a manifesto for a species of fiction which he called "realistic romance", which is very similar to some Definitions of SF: "Stories where the astonishing and peculiar are blent with the possible and accountable. They may be as wonderful as you ...

Greengrass, Jessie

(1982-    ) UK author some of whose shorter fiction, most of which has been assembled as An Account of the Decline of the Great Auk, According to One Who Saw It (coll 2015), is sf or fantasy, including "Winter, 2058", about a kind of Alien Invasion conducted via nodes where time is dislocated (see Time Distortion). The disquisitional elements in her first novel Sight (2018) evoke but do not directly exploit the topoi of Fantastika. / Greengrass is of specific sf interest ...

Machine, The

Film (2013). Red & Black Films. Directed and written by Caradog W James. Cast includes Jade Croot, Helen Griffin, Pooneh Hajimohammadi, Denis Lawson, Caity Lotz, Jean-Paul Macleod and Toby Stephens. 91 minutes. Colour. / There is no backstory; by the year 2013, it may be, the makers of The Machine felt none would be necessary. The viewer is dumped in medias res into a desolate surveillance-heavy Near Future England just as a Cold War between China and the West has heated up. Teams of ...

Burkett, William R, Jr

(1943-    ) US author and journalist. He began publishing sf with Sleeping Planet (July-September 1964 Analog; 1965), which very competently tells a hard-edged tale of conflict between the small Terran Federation and the huge Llralan Empire. The Llralans, having undeserved access to a narcotic dust, spray the Earth, putting all but a very few humans to sleep (see Invasion); in the best Astounding manner – the book's resemblance to the work of Eric Frank Russell is ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...



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